Memphis Grizzlies at Portland Trail Blazers Recap: Griz roar all game

Marc Gasol drops a bucket en route to 15 on the night. - Craig Mitchelldyer-USA TODAY Sports

The Griz built a big lead through 3 quarters, then held on to win big, 98-81, over the 3rd-place Blazers.



1st Quarter

The Grizzlies started out well, particularly on offense, with a 10-0 run and making 10 of their first 13 shots. The Blazers proved true to their statistical nature, coming back and closing the gap to 24-22 before a 7-0 run gave the Grizzlies a 31-22 lead at the the end of the 1st Quarter. The Blazers' came almost entirely from LaMarcus Aldridge (13 points, 4 rebounds) and Nic Batum (7 points ).

First Quarter Highlight: James Johnson flying in for a one-handed putback dunk.

First Quarter Grinder: Zach Randolph (11 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal)

2nd Quarter

The Grizzlies extended the lead to 38-25 early in the quarter on the heels of another 7-0 run. Calathes' confidence and smoothness continued into his early minutes in this game, attacking and keeping the ball moving. The Grizzlies extended the lead to 18, 57-39 ,with 3:35 to go in the half. After sustaining a 6-0 mini-run by the Blazers, the Grizzlies finished the half 61-45.

Second Quarter Highlight: Mike Miller telling BCJ to shut up about his minutes by hitting 2 big 3's en route to 8 points in 8 second quarter minutes.

First Half Grinder: Mike Conley (16 points, 2 rebounds, 5 assists, 1 steal, 0 TO, 7-9 FG)

3rd Quarter

The 3rd quarter was a bit sloppy, mainly because the Grizzlies' aggressive defense led to several turnovers and some out of control play on the breaks. The Grizzlies outscored the Blazers 16-7 through the first 8:20 to extend the lead to 24, 77-53. The teams traded a few buckets to end the quarter 81-58. The Blazers 3-point shooting - one of the harbingers for them - stood at 0-12 after 3 quarters.

Third Quarter Highlight: Z-Bo and an obviously frustrated Aldridge going toe-to-toe.

Third Quarter Grinder: Zach Randolph (6 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist, 3-4 FG)

4th Quarter

The 4th started with some sloppy basketball by the Grizzlies and Portland's first 3 of the game by Lillard. Koufos had a rough stretch, missing both shots from the free throw line and failing to corral two rebounds that hit his hands. He was quickly replaced by Gasol as the Blazers were able to cut the lead to 18, 81-63, and get the crowd back in the game. LaMarcus Aldridge continued doing LaMarcus Aldridge things and finished the night with 27 points and 16 rebounds. A sloppy offensive stretch saw the Grizzlies' lead dwindle to 13, 94-81, with 2 minutes left in the game. In the end, the lead the Grizzlies built through 3 quarters was enough to hold and the Grizzlies won the game 98-81.

Fourth Quarter Highlight: Zach Randolph getting his 10th rebound to give him 190th double-double, 1st place all-time in Grizzlies' history.

Second Half Grinder: Marc Gasol (11 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal, 1 block) and looking like Marc Gasol on both sides of the ball.

This is a good win for the Grizzlies, ladies and gents. They rollin'!

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